Brands which sell waist-neck harnesses similar to the Hopeless Lingerie Olivia Harness? Looking for some other options to compare it to, please :)
There are so many people doing harnesses right now, I’d honestly just scroll through Etsy. I don’t recall running across anything super similar to Hopeless Lingerie off-hand, but I also don’t spend a lot of time looking at harnesses, so take that as you will.
Hi Cora! I love your blog. I'm very full busted, a 34DD, so often I like to wear sports bras. However, most sports bras are cut so high in terms of the neckline I can't wear them with many clothes. I was wondering if you knew of any sports bras that have a lower neckline or a different cut than the traditional sports bra. Thank you!!
Sports bras are cut super high because they’re basically utilizing a high gore to give anchoring and support to a moving bust. So there aren’t really any lower-cup options for fuller busted sports bras because the sports bra wouldn’t be able to do it’s job adequately if it was cut lower. While I don’t want to dismiss your feelings about your bust, I also don’t think of 34DD as “very” full busted. In terms of bra sizing, it’s at the very beginning of full-busted, which starts at DD cups. In so many words, that’s not an exceptionally large cup size by any degree.
Furthermore, while I’m not usually a fan of being all “check your bra size,” if you feel the only way you can get support is with a sports bra, then it may be worth doing a quick bra size check. There are tons of plunge-y options for fuller busts which both offer support and don’t cover as much as a sports bra. I’d use a calculator like the one on Butterfly Collection to just get a quick sense of what they recommend and see if it’s matching up with what you’re wearing now. If you find that you’re getting a letter/number combo significantly different from your preferred size, it may be worth trying something new.
Hi, Cora! know this is a bit of an unpopular question, but I'm a student on a very tight budget who's trying to find the cheapest place to buy a 30D bra for everyday wear and I'm having a little trouble finding anything I can afford. I'd say my budget for a bra is $30,but even that is pushing it quite a bit. I'm even more hesitant to drop a lot of money on anything because my body has been changing a ridiculous amount lately, but I do need something comfortable. Thank you so much if you can help
Have you tried Aerie? They carry 30D and they always seem to have a bra sale of some kind running (which usually puts their bras in the $15 to $20 range). I’d also look for clearance products on a site like Amazon.
Hi Cora, I like in the UK and I'm a 34C bra size, I tend to really overheat in the summer, and today for example I've been wearing my bra for 10 mins and the band is already getting damp and kinda sliding on my back, not a pleasant feeling. Do you know of any good brands which make bras designed to try and keep you a little bit cooler? Thanks
You might want to try bras made from spacer fabric which is a type of breathable foam that’s also very lightweight (it feels almost springy to the touch). Huit, Simone Perele, and On Gossamer all make bras using this material and I like all three brands (I also wear a size 34C).
You may also want to try a bra made from a more natural material like bamboo. The Etsy sellers On The Inside and Econica both make bamboo bras and I’ve found bamboo to be a super comfortable lingerie material, especially when it’s warm outside.
Finally, some people use bra liners which fit beneath the gore and help to absorb sweat and keep the body cool.
Hi Cora! I'm a 30D ( 28 technically, however finding this size in department stores in the UK is virtually impossible) and I still feel my breasts look small. What companies do you recommend that would do my size and do pushup? Ps, you're beautiful.
I’m not really familiar with the UK department store scene, so if you’re looking for department store specific recommendations, I won’t be any more useful than using the search bar on your favorite website yourself. I just searched Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, and they both have 30D pushups.
On the brand front, Chantelle, On Gossamer, and Wacoal all make push-up bras in 30D. You might also want to check a store like Bravissimo. None of these are recommendations per se (I can’t tell you which, if any, of these brands will work for you), but they do make what you’re looking for in your size.
Hi! I love your blog, and I've checked out your FAQ, so hopefully this isn't a repeat question, but I'm a college student (from Chicago) in a rural area of Missouri. I've just recently been exploring lingerie shopping, and I love it, but my only real option while at school for most of the year is shopping online, and I haven't been able to really nail down how my size varies with each retailer. Your reviews help immensely. Do you think product reviews on websites are accurate enough for a fit?
I think product reviews can be helpful for fit, but individual trial and error is unavoidable unless you’re lucky enough to have a blogger body double.
For product reviews on websites, it all depends on how the company manages/approves reviews and how many there are. I know that HerRoom allows negative reviews, for example, so I tend to give all their product reviews more weight. Compare that to a site like Adore Me where everything seems to be rated 4 or 5 stars. That trips my caution filter because there’s no such thing as a 100% perfect product. Nordstrom’s review section also allows reviewers to share things like if a product ran large or small, which, when an item has enough reviews, is useful for telling customers which direction to go.
However, none of that replaces actually getting the garment on your body. So while website reviews are a supplemental tool, how accurate they are for you depends entirely on how much you match the reviewers.
I love your blog and enjoy everything you post! Im a huge lingerie fanatic! Problem is I am plus sized and can never find high quality lingerie in my size. Can you recommend any reputable good places to get lingerie from for women like me?
Hey! First of all, I have to ask if you’ve checked the archives on the site because we have articles with both plus sized and custom made options.
Second, it would be helpful to know things like your size, budget, and how you define nice lingerie. Plus size starts at around 1X, but your options vary dramatically between, say, 1X and 5X and 10X. So just saying plus size isn’t quite precise enough to give me a sense of your size.
Finally, Hips & Curves, Cacique, Modcloth, Yandy and Rago Shapewear all sell plus size items, but again, I have no idea if the things they carry match up with your size, tastes, or budget.
hi, i was wondering what is ideal to wear when trying to get fitted for a bra, would a bralette be ok? i have a bra that doesn't have much padding but it does have underwire and im not sure if that will throw off any measurements. i know getting a well fitted bra is a bit of an trial and error since body shapes are all different but i wanna have the clearest starting point and go from there. sorry if this is a common question i did go through the FAQ but did't really see an answer. thanks!!
It’s okay. I don’t really talk much about bra fitting on TLA (deliberately), so we don’t have a post addressing this. :-)
To answer your question though, it’s best to not wear a bra at all while getting fitted, either by yourself or someone else. The reason is that the shape, placement, and density of your breasts can also affect size and that stuff gets harder to discern if you’re already wearing a bra. In addition, the bra itself could throw off your size, for example, by compressing or flattening your tissue.
A reputable fitter will *never* pressure you into disrobing, but it is much easier to figure out your size if they can get the total picture, so to speak. I hope this helps.
Although lingerie is everywhere you look in stores, it isn’t always easy to figure out. Even the most fashionable of females have questions about what pieces they should and should not be wearing, and how different items can make them look better. If you’ve got questions about what you wear under your clothes, then we…
What are those thingys called that connect from your panties to your tights? Where can I buy them? I'm sorry I'm always asking you questions. Thanks for the awsome blog.
Are you talking about garters for stockings? It would help to see an image to verify that we’re thinking of the same thing. If you’re looking for just the garter straps, try What Katie Did or American Shapewear. If you’re looking for garter belts, try What Katie Did or Kiss Me Deadly. If you’re looking for garters, try Sock Dreams or Dollhouse Bettie.
As I mentioned in the editors’ notes, ThirdLove’s bras have no size tags. At first, I thought that was because I received factory samples, which can sometimes differ from what’s sold. However, one of the founders of ThirdLove has informed me they don’t include sizing on their products deliberately. Their reasoning is because “we believe woman [sic] are more than just a number, and we want our customers to focus on the fit rather than the size.”
Maybe I’m just terribly uncool, but I want to know the size of the garment I’ve ordered At the very least, I need to make sure the size I have in hand is the size I’ve actually paid for (I know no one likes to think about fulfillment errors, but they do happen sometimes). In this case, knowing the size of the garments I was sent would also have prevented the earlier confusion and misunderstanding re: this review. Withholding sizing information from women, ostensibly because it’s in their own best interests, strikes me as more than a little paternalistic…as though there’s no other way women could focus on fit. Aside from being amateurish, it also strikes me as being deliberately opaque. If an individual receives a garment that’s a poor fit, can the company just insist “the size was wrong?” The customer has no way to prove or disprove that claim. And how does the company handle factory sizing errors or fulfillment sizing errors? No one likes to think about these two things happening, but they do. And the lack of a sizing tag means errors like this can go on unchecked. I just don’t like this idea.